Iranian Lies

The Iranians must think the entire world is blind, deaf and dumb.

News hit recently that Iranian evangelical Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was to be executed for apostasy. It’s actually quite common to execute apostates – those who have rejected Islam as defined under Sharia – particularly in Iran. Homosexuality is immediate grounds for execution as well, and if a good Muslim in a Sharia nation tortures a homosexual, there is no punishment for the crime. Islam, especially in Arab nations, commits unbelievable atrocities with outstanding regularity and it still floors me that the Western World is snoozing while it continues.

Every once in a while, an atrocious case will hit international airwaves and the nation involved will back off. The King of Saudi Arabia famously pardoned a woman who had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes (later, upon appeal, her sentence was cranked up to 200 lashes and six months in prison) for the crime of “meeting with an unrelated male” just before seven men kidnapped and gang-raped her after the whole world found out about it and screamed bloody murder. Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously claimed that Iran does not have homosexuals during a Q&A at Columbia University (the same university where liberal students loudly protested any and all conservative speakers, yet a militant Muslim dictator was allowed to lie like a cheap rug and get away with it). Now that Pastor Nadarkhani’s story has hit the headlines, Iran is making all kinds of excuses.

After American media contacts obtained copies of an Iranian Supreme Court ruling that found Pastor Nadarhkani guilty of both apostasy and proselytizing, Iranian government shills have come out with the unbelievable lie that he is actually facing execution for rape and extortion; another phrase the lying sack of beetle dung used was “security-related crimes.”

I call bullshit.

We’re talking about Iran, the most gung-ho, all-out Sharia-run nation on the planet. Even Saudi Arabia, run by Wahhabi Muslims, isn’t as brutal as Iran. Yet not one single Sharia-led nation in the Middle East has ever executed a man for raping a woman. By modern Sharia law, regardless of how scholars interpret the Qur’an and the Hadith, men are the victims; they were tempted by the woman (part of the argument often goes that the woman shouldn’t have been out without a male relative escort, which is also a crime), and that makes the woman the perpetrator. Women are commonly flogged after being raped. Men? They might get a few months in prison, flogging in severe cases, but never execution, even if a prosecutor demands it. The only time a man is guaranteed a flogging for a sexual crime is for Zina (the Arabic term for adulterous sex).

And Iran expects us to believe that a high court ruling that found this man guilty of crimes against Islam is really being executed for a crime that wouldn’t normally be a crime? Really? Did the Iranian justice system suddenly experience a change of heart? Are we to believe that Iranian judges are really going to shed a tear for a man who committed rape and they felt sorry for a female rape victim?

One thing this about-face tells me is that Iran has no intention of allowing him to be pardoned – not even if he recants Christianity and converts back to Islam. They are trying to make an example out of him. Not only has he been sentenced to death, but his lawyer has been sentenced to ten years in prison and permanently banned from practicing law just for defending him.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” – Hebrews 13:3

Yes, I Am Islamophobic – Three Years Later

Just three years ago, Steve found a missive I’d written on a MySpace blog (remember that site?) and invited me to join the family here at gayconservative.org. I’ve enjoyed connecting with everyone I’ve met here in that time. I thought, in light of Obama’s continued claims that lone-wolf, homegrown terrorists pose a greater threat to us than the jihadists who continue to plot against us, it would be appropriate to repost the article that ushered me into the fold.

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations, otherwise known as CAIR, has become widely known for throwing around the term “islamophobic” as widely as the gay community uses the word “homophobic.” Any time a news story appears involving some wrong, real or perceived, against a Muslim anywhere in America, CAIR jumps on it with both feet crying “ISLAMOPHOBIA!!!”

Ashraf Al-Jailani was ordered to deport to Yemen in 1999 by a federal judge. He didn’t. In late 2002, he was arrested after his business credit card and contact info were found in the posession of another Al-Qaeda operative in Chicago. He was arrested, and CAIR began it’s anti-islamophobe campaign, decrying the move as islamophobic. They said it was a case of “living in America while Muslim.” Al-Jailani had three children with an American woman, and he viciously abused all of them. He gave up his case after CPS authorities took the kids, and he self-deported to Yemen. As soon as he got there, CAIR and his idiot wife took up the cause of getting the kids back, and as soon as CPS did it, mom took the kids to see dad in Yemen (after swearing she wouldn’t). Yemen wasn’t part of the Hague Convention on international kidnapping. So when Al-Jailani took the kids and sent his wife back to the States, nothing could be done. Sami, Amina, and Layla Al-Jailani will likely never be seen again.

If believing that Al-Jailani was an abusive man who should have been deported without his children makes me islamophobic, then yes, I am.

In 2006, Yaser Abdel Said suspected that his teenage daughters, Sarah and Amina, were dating American boys in the small Texas town where they’d been raised as Americans. When he searched the girls’ cell phone records, he discovered that they were spending a lot of time talking to the same boys. He tasked their brother with “escorting” them everywhere, and he forbade the girls from doing anything without their express permission. Their mother went with them and their boyfriends to try to escape, but Said talked her into coming back. Then he had mom talk the girls into coming back, too, even after threatening to kill them for refusing to obey his wishes for arranged marriage. Last year, he took the girls out in his cab, shot them to death, and disappeared, probably back to his native Egypt. CAIR and the Said family is lambasting the American public for calling it for what it is–a Muslim honor killing. They say we’re just islamophobic.

If believing that Said did what he did because of his Muslim upbringing, just like 5,000 other men do every year to women in their family, makes me islamophobic–then yes, I am.

Mark Steyn, a Canadian pundit, just finished a massive court battle for supposed “hate speech.” He had the audacity to speak his mind about the realities of Islam in pop culture; his books “America Alone” and “The New Criterion” called a spade a spade and pointed out that America is the only nation on the planet willing to fight back in the “age of Jihad.” The Ontario Human Rights Commission filed a legal complaint about 22 articles Steyn had written related to his views on Islam. Canada, which puts a limit on so-called hate speech, called Steyn before three different HRC tribunals. One is still pending. CAIR and others say Steyn is islamophobic.

If believing that one has the right to criticize Sharia law and Jihad makes you islamophobic…yes, I am.

Every day, rockets are fired into Israeli towns such as Ashkelon and Sderot from Palestinian (read: MUSLIM)-held Gaza. Fighters from Hezbolla make strikes into Israeli territory where they beat, torture, kill and kidnap innocent Israelis. A Palestinian gunman walked into a Jewish religious school and fired 500 rounds, killing eight and wounding scores. The belief of all Muslims is that Israel doesn’t deserve the land she occupies and that the Jews should be forced into servitude. Yesterday, a report said that there is a massive movement of weapons stockpiles into Palestinian neighborhoods that harbor Hezbollah terrorists despite the cease-fire. Why? Read the Qur’an–no Muslim is required to abide by any truce or agreement to non-Muslims. I have a copy if you’d like to see it for yourself.

On September 11, 2001, 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked four American passenger airliners. Two were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center; one was flown into the Pentagon; and the other crashed during a courageous fight in a field near Shanksville, PA when the passengers realized what their captors were doing and refused to let them win. There is now a hole in the New York City skyline where the towers stood, and the buildings around them were destroyed when the towers finally gave way and collapsed. Nearly 3,000 Americans died in the attack, and the final words of the hijackers were captured by air traffic controllers: “La illaha ill Allah, Muhammadur Rasul Allah.” It’s known as Shahada, or the Muslim creed: there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.”

If believing that Israel has a right to defend herself from Islamic Jihad, Muslims want to see America destroyed, and 9/11 was merely a precursor to what they will do if given the opportunity, and if believing that the Hezbollah flag is a giant flashing neon sign that we should stop allowing Johnny Jihad to beat us half to death with our own rules is islamophobia…

Then, yes. I AM ISLAMOPHOBIC.

Yes, I am STILL Islamophobic

Back in 2008, I posted a blog on my MySpace page about Islam’s use of our own culture to beat us down. That was what started it all: Steve, Philip and I became buddies and the world has never been the same since (well…at least for about two-hundred-odd people who read us!).

Today, in light of the most recent goings-on, I decided it’s time to write another one. Ibrahim Hooper, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, came out swinging today, accusing CPAC of engaging in “Muslim-bashing” during their conference. So it’s time for those of us who understand what’s going on to stand and be counted.

On April 18, 1983, a stolen truck drove into the driveway/breezeway area of the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Shortly thereafter it exploded. 63 were killed, including 17 Americans. Immediately afterward an anonymous call was placed to a news agency placing blame with Islamic Jihad, a wing of Hezbollah funded by Iran. The caller stated that the Muslim organization was striking imperialist nations all over the world.

If believing that this was less an attack on Americans in Lebanon than an attack on Americans by Muslims, then yes, I am islamophobic.

On October 23 of the same year, a suicide bomber driving a yellow delivery truck crashed through the outer gate and into the lobby of the US Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut airport. The bomber, upon coming to a stop, detonated the bomb inside, killing a total of 241 American Marines, Sailors and Soldiers. The rescue operation took days and workers had to dodge sniper fire. Several claimed responsibility but again, Islamic Jihad came out on top.

If believing that this was also more of an attack on Americans by Muslims, then yes, I am Islamophobic.

On June 14, 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked by Lebanese Muslims demanding the release of more than 750 Lebanese prisoners in Israel. Seven passengers believed to be Jewish were taken off the flight and shipped to Beirut. On the second day of the hijacking, US Navy Seabee Diver Robert Stethem was beaten to death and dumped onto the tarmac so the world would know the terrorists were serious. The standoff lasted for two weeks while the plane’s electrical system failed, heat in the cabin became stifling and the lavatory could no longer be used. In 1997 one of the at-large hijackers was arrested and tried in Germany after smuggling liquid explosives. He was sentenced to life in prison but the gutless Europeans released the bastard in 2005 to Lebanon.

If believing that this act was Islamic terrorism growing into something worse, then yes, I am Islamophobic.

On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 souls on board along with 11 innocents on the ground died. During the days following the attack it was revealed that a number of European countries had been warned that an attack was being planned against Americans in an effort to sabotage peace talks between US officials and members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Libyan national Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi was arrested, tried and convicted. Despite multiple claims and conspiracy theories about his guilt every Scottish and British court has upheld his conviction. Last year, he was released on “compassionate grounds” after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer; he received a hero’s welcome in Libya and immediately disappeared.

If believing that Megrahi should have died in prison makes me so, then yes, I am Islamophobic.

After a slew of attacks on Americans all over the world during Bill Clinton’s joke of an administration – including the 1993 WTC truck bombing – on October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was entering the Port of Adan in Yemen when a small boat approached. Due to the rules of engagement, suspicious commanders refused to allow sailors on deck to open fire when the boat failed to stop. It exploded, blowing a massive gash into the port side of the Cole’s hull. 17 sailors died in the attack. Clinton took no action despite mounting intelligence that this attack, as well as all prior attacks during the Clinton years, had been engineered and funded by Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. Yemen arrested three of those accused of plotting the bombing then allowed them to escape and have not lifted a finger since to recapture them.

If believing this was a flashing neon sign that Islam was already at war with America, then yes – I am Islamophobic.

For all the years of his service in the US Army as a psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan made no secret what his religious views were and how those views shaped his behavior. He spoke openly during classes, berated soldier patients, did a presentation on Islam and Muslims in America, even had “SoA” on his business card: “Soldiers of Allah.” Even when the signs became obvious and his extremism was being called out by fellow officers in class, nobody clued in. On November 5 of last year, Hasan walked into the SRPC at Fort Hood, Texas, sat down, bowed his head, then jumped onto a table and screamed, “Allahu Akbar!” while firing on droves of unarmed soldiers. Before the 13 dead were even cold, liberals and Muslim apologists alike started defending Hasan and immediately and forcefully attacked any person willing to call it for what it was. The media whitewashed the event and there was no mention whatsoever of Hasan’s Islamic fundamentalism and contact with radical cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki prior to the shootings.

13 soldiers died in the Fort Hood attack and still, CAIR is trying to blame the massacre on Hasan’s pending deployment. Liberals are kowtowing to CAIR by marching to their extremist, Taqiyya-led beat. Janet Napolitano wasted no time in coming out and saying that Hasan’s actions were “individual,” and that “anti-Muslim sentiment should not emanate from this.” She said that Hasan doesn’t represent the Muslim faith.

Well…if believing that, following history, Hasan does represent the majority of Muslims worldwide, if believing that Rifqa Bary would have died at her father’s hands if she’d been forced to return to his home, if believing that the underwear bomber meant to carry out jihad, and if believing that Ibrahim Hooper and his CAIR jihadists are using sharia principles and our own culture to wear us down so that Muslims can continue with their murder of Americans while the Democrats bow down…

Then yes, I am STILL Islamophobic. I only have one thing to say to you who think you’ll take America down:

Stripped of Human Rights

In the Jerusalem Post today, an almost unbelievable story has been published detailing shocking actions by the Iranian Basiji Guards. The story was given by a proud member of the guard force after he was arrested for releasing two young teenaged girls who’d been arrested for supposedly taking part in riots and violence over the recent election scandals.

His reason?

His mother sent him to the Basiji Guards when he was only 16 after his father was “martyred” in the war with Iraq. Within two years, his superiors were so pleased with him that they bestowed upon him the “honor” of forcibly marrying young girls sentenced to execution under Sharia law. According to Sharia, a virgin cannot be executed, regardless of her crime. To get around this important religious law guards would force the girls to marry them, then rape them.

The guard who spoke said that the girls were actually more afraid of the rape than their execution, so much so that they had to be tranquilized before the deed was done. He said that by the next morning their faces would look hollow and empty–as if they were glad to be facing death.

The guard (who could not be named else he face execution himself) said that it was past experience that taught him what would happen to the two teenage girls he helped. As a husband and father now, he said he could not bear to let it happen because they were so young.

Note to those who still protest Prop 8 with signs that say “stop the Christian Taliban” and “stripped of human rights”: you have no idea what it really, truly means to be stripped of human rights. Go live in Iran, where the religious police can publicly beat and torture you–literally–for wearing clothes deemed “too Western.” Go to Iran, where you can be executed for being a woman out with no related male escort, and your execution will be made legal with a rape the night before.

THAT is what it’s like to be stripped of human rights.

Someone tell Code Pink to wake up.

The Real Self-Haters

We get a lot of liberal gays coming to tell us that we’re a troupe of self-haters here at gayconservative.org. “How can you be gay and conservative at the same time?!?” they scream. “That’s like a Jew calling himself a Nazi!”

I routinely become very irritated with those people because they’re being exactly what they call conservatives: closed-minded, intolerant bigots who can’t listen to anyone but those they agree with. Well, they’re being out-classed, and by the same people they tie their allegiance to. In fact, I daresay they’re all in the same boat on this issue.

Roxana Saberi is an American journalist. She was arrested by the Iranian government earlier this month for allegedly buying bootleg wine. A few days later, Iran said that she had been arrested for working as a journalist in Iran without a permit. On April 19, after a one-hour trial, she was convicted of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison. Now, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian “president”, stated publicly that Saberi was to be allowed a full defense. However, when it came down to the trial, neither Saberi nor her lawyer were informed of the date or time of the trial–neither knew until the trial had been underway for fifteen minutes, and according to reports from Saberi’s father they found out about it by accident. In one hour, without being allowed to defend herself at all, Saberi was sentenced to eight years in Evin prison, notorious for its political prisoners and believed to be the dumping grounds for many Americans and other international prisoners still being held illegally by the Iranians.

Many are calling this an outrage, and rightly so. Why couldn’t they get it right the first time they arrested her? Why couldn’t they decide what they were arresting her for? And a full defense? Come on. It was a farce and the Iranians know it. They wanted nothing more than an excuse to throw another Westerner in prison. If they can’t attack us outright, they’ll go the back way. Kill all infidels–one way or another.

But some of those calling Saberi’s imprisonment and non-trial an outrage have long been outspoken opponents of the sanctions against Iran. They’ve demanded that we be more “diplomatic” somehow in our dealings with the extremist theocracy (this while they accuse Bush of founding a “theocracy” in America and screaming that we weren’t more diplomatic with Iraq). We shouldn’t impose sanctions over their nuclear program, they say, because they’re just generating energy. Get out of Iraq, stay out of Iran. Can’t we just keep to ourselves?

Sure…the problem lies with the Iranians. We never started this fight. Yet again, we’ve forgotten that we’re dealing with a culture that believes it is their mandate from their god to kill anyone who does not adhere to Sharia law. They don’t recognize any international law, let alone the laws that govern the countries of the people they’ve tossed in prison to rot. But we’re supposed to be the diplomatic ones. Someone please tell me how you restore diplomacy with a nation that isn’t interested in diplomacy?

In the line of work I’ve been in for most of my life, I’ve learned that there are many people in this world who don’t want to be reasonable. They want what they want and they’re not going to stop until they get it. How do you talk down an inmate who is in prison for the rest of his life while he’s got your partner in a chokehold with a knife in his hand? That guy has nothing to lose. What do you say to him when he knows that no matter what, he’s going to be behind bars for the rest of his natural life? How can you make things worse for him?

Now apply that principle to the extremists in Iran. They believe Allah will be angry with them if they fail to do what they’re doing. How do you argue with that? What do you say to a person who believes their god has commanded them to kill anyone who refuses to convert to their religion? With Western Christians you can at least sit down and have a civil conversation. As much as I’m sure most of the gay community would like to believe Christians are the extremists, I’ve had more meaningful conversation with the Christians I know than I’ve ever seen occur with some Muslims in this world, particularly in Iran.

Jeneane Garofolo proved she is a self-hater by claiming that any and all disagreement by white people is racism. Many a congressman and senator has admitted self-hate by demanding that, many generations after the fact, we pay reparations to certain races for crimes we never committed. And a small horde of Americans have admitted self-hate by demanding that we try diplomacy long after it has failed with a people who have enjoyed watching us sputter and trip over ourselves trying to follow their dance. Roxana Saberi deserves more support from the American people. But the real self-haters are never going to acknowledge her need because it would be tantamount to admitting that we’ve been wrong all this time–and Iran really can’t be reasoned with.

The real self-haters would rather go to their graves defending themselves with words than ever put up their dukes and fight.

Fifteen Minutes of Peace

News has now come across the wires that Barack Obama has given his first interview as the President. Instead of giving it to a US station, however, he gave it to Al-Arabiya. His message? It was to the Sharia-loving Muslim nations:

AMERICA IS NOT YOUR ENEMY.

Really? When did this happen?

I have no doubt that there are people in Sharia nations that actually don’t hate us. Unfortunately, I do doubt that there’s enough of those people to make a real difference. It only takes one to strap a bomb to his body and walk into a crowded mall. It takes one to build, place and remote-detonate a charge in an underground parking garage. It only took a handful to hijack four commercial jetliners and crash them into three of the most famous buildings in America, killing thousands.

That minority in those Sharia nations that doesn’t hate us? They haven’t been able to stop the extremists. Why? Because their governments support the terrorists and their missions in any way they can. They provide money, shelter, and equipment to get the job done. If their country doesn’t, then Osama will. And there’s always another non-Sharia country out there willing to give these predatory ingrates the benefit of the doubt.

In reading some of the comments on local news sites, I’m reading things written by people who are either completely daft or deliberately ignorant. They say it’s all Bush’s fault, that US-Muslim relations suffered because of the policies that led to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hate to tell you this, folks, but it started WAY before that. Ever hear of the Barbary Wars? When America was still a young nation, just after the Revolutionary War, Muslim pirates were raiding settlements up and down the New England coast. Our government appeased them: they paid the ransom demanded by the Sharia governments for a time. Then along came Thomas Jefferson, and he changed everything. He asked the emissary of Tripoli why their people were committing these crimes, and the emissary told him, “it is the right of all good Musselmen (Muslim men) to take what they wish from infidels and force the infidel into submission.” Jefferson bought a copy of the Qur’an and read it, then took the fight to them. We won twice.

More recently, in the mid-1970’s Muslims started becoming openly hostile to Americans again. Iranians raided the US Embassy in Tehran and took the Americans inside hostage, holding them for 444 days. What did Jimmy Carter do? He negotiated. He placated them. After that the Muslims thought we were pushovers. They bombed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They drove a truck laden with explosives into the Marine barracks in Beirut. Reagan bombed their turbans off, and we saw a lull in the action.

Then came Bill Clinton. Saddam stopped allowing weapons inspectors into Iraq, and the bombings resumed. The Khobar Towers, the World Trade Center, the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the USS Cole…nothing was done about these attacks. Clinton ordered a single building to be bombed in the Mideast, and the Muslims claimed afterward that it was a pharmaceutical factory (and presented evidence to prove it). Clinton had Osama in the crosshairs and his inept Secretary of Defense gave the order NOT to shoot. The Sudanese government offered Clinton help in capturing Osama and giving intel on militant Muslim organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, but Clinton refused the offers.

Along comes Bush, and eight months into his first term they hit the World Trade Center again. This time, the smiling Osama bin Laden gets his wish–the towers fall, the Pentagon is hit, and we’re shaking our heads wondering how it happened. To this day we have people claiming Bush didn’t do enough to stop it. These are the same people who decry the US PATRIOT Act as unconstitutional and wail for us to close Guantanamo Bay.

The lesson I’d have thought we’d have learned by now is that the more you placate an extremist, the more time and resources he has to figure out how to kill as many of us as he can. They don’t dislike Americans because of Iraq or Afghanistan; hell, we helped ’em win their war for independence from the Soviets. They don’t dislike us because of Guantanamo bay. They dislike Americans because we’re infidels, we are an open ally of Israel, and we do not obey Sharia law. According to their religion, they’re supposed to kill us for those reasons. We have two options here: submit or die. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like either of those.

Obama was quoted saying thus: “…the U.S. has made mistakes in the past, but the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”

I’d like to know which alternate reality he was living in 20 or 30 years ago. I have no interest in restoring that hell. We’re not the ones carrying out suicide bombings, so I don’t see how the mistakes were ours. If you appease them now, you may win your fifteen minutes of peace, but they’ll only come back with the same murderous bloodlust, ready to kill you as soon as look at you.

I know. I’m just being Islamophobic.

Stop The Christian Taliban?

Ugh…I can’t believe I just read that. Now that I’ve just suffered the blow of watching former WWE playboy Brock Lesnar top the legendary Randy Couture, I’m trying to distract myself. With this story, it’s not hard.

Nationwide protests were held today by gay rights activists across the country. In response to the passage of Proposition 8 in California–which overturned the CA supreme courts’ decision that allowed gay and lesbian couples–there was a huge turnout by GLBT people and their supporters in every corner of America. Attention has been called anew to the cause of gay rights, and as usual, the hysterics rule the day.

The most insane thing I saw came from pictures and video of the march through Hillcrest (the gay neighborhood in San Diego). You can see them here. One woman painted “stripped of human rights” on her nearly-bare torso. Signs included such sayings as, “stop LDS preaching hate,” “we the str8 people,” “love will triumph over h8” and “is a gay vote only 3/5 of a vote?”. The most outrageous, however, said “stop the Christian Taliban!”

Yep, it really did say that. Stop the Christian Taliban.

Lemme tell you folks something. Any of my family and friends who have been to Afghanistan can back this up, not to mention those who survived the Taliban. The Taliban was the most cruel dictatorship known to the modern world. Saddam hardly held a candle to these monsters. They were (and still are) widely known to take such a hardline approach to Sharia Law that only three countries in the entire world recognized the Taliban as the ruling government of Afghanistan, and Iran and Iraq were NOT among them. The Taliban was so horribly strict in its enforcement of Sharia that their religious police were given power to viciously beat women in the streets for the slightest offense–even being caught in a taxi without a male relative escort was grounds for a sound thrashing.

We have all seen by now the video footage of a Taliban enforcer executing a woman, her crime unknown, by shooting her in the back of the head with an AK-47 while she knelt on a soccer field. Under the Taliban, women were not allowed to be educated; the only job any female was allowed to hold was in the medical field as men were banned from examining women. The traditional burqa was taken a step further under their regime, requiring all skin to be covered–even the eyes–with little more than a cloth screen to see through. Most disgusting of all was the proliferation of the practice of female circumcision, or the forced semi-surgical removal of the clitoris, which is believed by Muslims to create lust in women.

Are you disgusted yet? I sure as hell hope so.

There are far worse things that cannot be described here, crimes committed by the Taliban that the nightly news can’t report. The people of Afghanistan, particularly the women, suffered horrors untold at the hands of the Taliban. And much like comparing George W. Bush to Hitler, comparing American Christians to the Taliban cheapens the reality that they brought and the true horror they embody. It’s a slap in the face to the survivors to liken your struggle to have “equal rights” to the hell they endured.

Completely aside from that, it cheapens our message. I believe Arkansas was wrong for banning homosexuals from adopting children; some of the gay couples I know are far better parents than some of the straight families I know. I believe that eventually, we will realize our right to marry, but until then we need to accept civil unions as a stepping stone. Sexual orientation is far more difficult to prove than actual physical race and we’re fighting an uphill battle that we need to be wise about.

Calling American Christians the “Christian Taliban” certainly isn’t going to get us where we want to be. It is purely, truly and wholly an insult that takes absolutely no insight into the enormous difference between the two struggles. We’re not fighting for our survival, folks; we’re arguing to be equal. Christians (other than Phelps, of course) don’t wish to kill us, torture us, or even jail us for living our lives freely, loving who we are naturally going to love. If we’re to have any hope whatsoever of being taken seriously then we have got to quell such outrageous statements, elsewise we only lend credence to their cause.

Sharia’s Silent Invasion

It’s been discovered that Sharia law is now being recognized officially in England.  Very quietly, the government has set up five Sharia courts in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Nuneaton.  Two more are being set up as I type in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  All this after the Archbishop of Canterbury was harshly ridiculed for making the remark that it was “inevitable” that Sharia law would eventually be recognized as valid in the United Kingdom.

A well-known Muslim named Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi found a loophole in Britain’s 1996 Aribitration Act.  In short, the act states that as long as both parties involved in a dispute agree to it, anyone legally recognized can settle the dispute.  Without the knowledge of the citizens of Britain, Sharia courts now exist and have full legal powers.  Realize that with this comes Sharia punishments, including rape victims being flogged, men being allowed to divorce their wives by simply saying “I divorce you” three times, and women not being allowed to own property or be educated if their husbands so choose.  England has made a grave error in allowing one sect of society to have its own laws.

Jewish courts operate under the same principal in England, but they only have power over civil disputes.  If the Sharia courts would be run this way, it might be acceptable; however, even the parties in the Jewish courts have to have more binding documentation valid in British court.  Siddiqi was proud to announce that Sharia courts will handle criminal cases as well, even though one government agent stated that for the Sharia court to do so would be “unlawful.”

It’s one thing to have separate arbitration groups overseen by the courts; it’s another to grant full rights to entirely different courts, especially those run by religion.  Jewish, Christian, Muslim or otherwise–none should be granted final power in any case over the law of the land.  This kind of garbage is what made it possible for the British government to confiscate all civilian-owned firearms and ban any and all civilian use of guns.

Rowan Williams (the Archbishop) was right; it was only a matter of time.  I, for one, never believed it would happen so soon.  Those who think we should care what Europeans think of us need to take a good, long look at things like this and reconsider whether it’s really that important.